×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

New Form’s Latest Incubator Wave Includes Pilots From YouTube Creators Alexa Losey, Jonah Green, MaryDoodles

New Form has released nine original pilots from independent creators — with the digital studio hoping to sell the concepts as full series to TV or digital distributors.

The Santa Monica-based company, whose investors include Discovery Communications, ITV, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, unveiled its most recent Incubator Series at the NATPE conference in Miami. The slate of shorts includes fantasy thriller “Immortals,” created by and starring YouTube creator Alexa Losey (pictured above), who has more than 970,000 subscribers; drama “The Win” from Jonah Green (449,000 YouTube subs); and animated “Max the Murder Cat” from MaryDoodles (415,000 YouTube subscribers).

New Form has uploaded five of the pilots to YouTube, which can be viewed below.

Since launching its first Incubator program two years ago, New Form has sold multiple projects to series. Those include “Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures” from PJ Liguori and Anna Akana’s “Miss 2059,” as well as YouTube Red’s “Single By 30”; CW Seed’s “I Ship It”; and “Mr. Student Body President,” which just received an additional 30-episode order from Verizon’s Go90. In addition, New Form sold animated “Final Space,” a story of an intergalactic coast guard who makes it his quest to protect his new alien friend Mooncake from the evil Lord Commander, to TBS as a series that is now slated to debut in 2017.

“Our goal is to tell great stories, and provide some of the world’s most original, emerging creators an opportunity to share something completely new and exciting with their audience,” said Melissa Schneider, New Form executive VP of originals and development. “This round of pilots and creators were selected because they have the right combination of originality, audience scale, creative vision and a passion for storytelling — which is the heart of Incubator.”

The nine pilots are:

  • “American Airness”: Created by Sam Miller, starring Olan Rogers as an underemployed, overzealous 20-something who competes in his first local air-guitar competition… dragging his unamused big sister along with him.
  • “Chris and Mitchell Make a Show”: Starring and created by YouTube creators Mitchell Davis and Chris Kendall, who launch an internet talk show with no studio, no audience and no scripts — while roping in celebrity guests, ancillary content and cross-platform integration.
  • “Fallen For You”: Created by and starring Ashley Skidmore and Brennan Lee Mulligan. A young woman hits rock bottom when her memoir is stolen and she loses her job — when her guardian angel, Todd, steps in to help and she falls in love with him.
  • “Hero”: Created by and starring Dom Fera. Faced with his first real supervillain, an invincible superhero returns to his childhood home defeated — and is forced to reckon with his fear, his identity, and the people he hurt along the way.
  • “Immortals”: Created by and starring Alexa Losey, also starring Melvin Gregg. Forever stuck at age 19, Riley discovers that she is part of a long lineage of Immortals who have lied to her about her origin and importance. Now hunted by her own, Riley will abandon everything she has ever known, setting in motion a chain of events that will threaten their very existence.
  • “Max the Murder Cat”: Created by Mary Doodles, starring Arden Rose. Anne just rescued a cute, cuddly, serial-killing cat named Max. Although he is probably responsible for the disappearances of his previous owners, Anne is different in his eyes. Max ends up becoming incredibly fond, even possessive, of her and his killer instincts turn towards those who threaten their bond.
  • “North of Neon”: Created by Matt Stawski, starring Meg Delacy and Gabriel Conte. In this fantasy adventure, siblings Coin, Eido and Mars are caught in the midst of the Great Dragon War. The trio must go on a quest to find their warrior father while fending off local outlaws to protect their prized baby Ghost Dragon.
  • “Playground”: Created by Bertie Gilbert, starring Chris Kendall. Ezra, on the way to the funeral service for his younger brother Peter, is captured by a group of children who have crash-landed in a magical forest and won’t release him until he fixes their rocket ship. In the process of helping them, Ezra learns to let go, confront burdens from his past and figure out a way to move forward.
  • “The Win”: Created by and starring Jonah Green. Five college misfits, led by the inscrutable Riley, game the California lottery and win $4 million. But when her absent father shows up and blackmails the gang over what they’ve done, the group finds itself faced with an agonizing decision.

Watch five of the New Form Incubator pilots:





More Digital

  • Terry Back chairman ACF

    Veteran U.K. Media Investor Terry Back Joins ACF as Chairman

    CANNES — Veteran U.K. film industry investor Terry Back has joined ACF investment bank as chairman. ACF, headed by CEO Thomas Dey, has been at the forefront of the M&A activity around independent TV and film production outfits, mostly in the unscripted TV arena. ACF is in the midst of expanding its activities in the [...]

  • Jay Frank

    Jay Frank, UMG Senior VP and Digital Music Veteran, Dies at 47

    Universal Music executive and digital music veteran Jay Frank died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 47. UMG chief Lucian Grainge remembered him in a message sent to the company. “Dear Colleagues,” it reads. “I’m deeply saddened to tell you that our colleague and friend Jay Frank has passed after a recurrence of [...]

  • Sam-Colby-The-Graveyard

    YouTube’s Sam and Colby Unveil ‘The Graveyard’ Paranormal Series Set in London

    Sam and Colby, YouTube’s favorite DIY paranormal investigators, headed to the U.K. for their next big ghost-hunting project. The duo today released the trailer for “The Graveyard,” a four-part docu-series shot in The Langham – by legend, London’s most haunted hotel – and an abandoned church graveyard. The project is their first international expedition. The [...]

  • Santos Dumont

    Mipcom: International TV Output Picture Changing for U.S. Majors

    The global import-export strategies of the U.S. majors are in flux as the world’s major content companies gather this week in Cannes for the annual Mipcom market and conference. Disney, WarnerMedia and the other handful of media conglomerates that control the vast majority of the U.S. market are in the midst of a radical transition [...]

  • Babylon Berlin

    ITV-Backed Streamer Cirkus to Launch European Drama Service Kritic (EXCLUSIVE)

    SVOD outfit Cirkus is expanding with Kritic, a new service programmed with premium non-English-language drama. The first launch will be in Sweden in December and feature big-ticket shows such as “Babylon Berlin” from Germany and “Gomorrah” from Italy. Cirkus has established itself in the Nordics and German-speaking territories. Kritic will roll out in Sweden before [...]

  • Mama K's Tesm 4

    Time Travel, Child Hosts, Diversity Build in Kids Shows, Says Glance Study

    CANNES —  More or less the only thing that hasn’t changed in Avril Blondelot’s MipJunior presentation of Kids Audience Successes Around the Globe was Blondelot herself. As well as, which she began by reporting, that “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Miraculous Ladybug” – in that order – still dominate the rankings for the [...]

  • Activision Blizzard

    Activision Blizzard Stock Recovers From Hong Kong Fallout

    Activision Blizzard saw its stock recover Friday despite continued backlash over its decision to punish a “Hearthstone” player for publicly siding with Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. The company’s share price was up more than 2% Friday, closing at $54.82. Activision had been in the spotlight ever since Ng Wai Chung, a player of its “Hearthstone” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content